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At Shiseikan the class is split into two parts:

During the first hour and a half, all grades train together; from beginner to black belt, children and adults. This allows less experienced students to improve at a faster rate as they have role models to follow and can see their next steps. More experienced karateka are given the opportunity to work on improving their basic techniques at their own level; as combinations become more complex, certain elements need to be refined and problems need to be identified and fixed.

At 8pm the lower grades finish, and the higher grades continue for an extra half hour. In this time they may develop higher grade katas or work on higher level kumite techniques. 


Find a training session that fits in with your life!

Train up to three times a week!


Karate Belt

Enjoy this after work class and relieve those mid week stresses!

6:30pm to 8:00pm

(All Grades)

8:00pm to 8:30pm

(Senior Grades)


Karate Practice

The weekend is here - time to

go to the Dojo!


Martial Arts Class

Sunday mornings were made

for Karate training!

(Senior Grades)

8:00pm to 8:30pm

6:30pm to 8:00pm

(All Grades)

(Senior Grades)

11:30am to 12:00pm

10:00am to 11:30am

(All Grades)

Discounts available for extra family members

or paying monthly - First session is FREE!

Family friendly prices!


Call us to find out more - 07800 779617

Learn the 3 main parts of Karate



Kihon is a Japanese term meaning "basics" or "fundamentals." The term is used to refer to the basic techniques that are taught and practised as the foundation of Karate.

The practice and mastery of kihon is essential to all advanced training, and includes the practice of correct body form and breathing, while practising basics such as stances, punches, kicks, blocks, and strikes.

Kihon is not only practising of techniques, it is also the budōka fostering the correct spirit and attitude at all times.

Kihon techniques tend to be practised often, in many cases during each practice session. They are considered fundamental to mastery and improvement of all movements of greater complexity.


Kata is a Japanese word describing detailed patterns of movements practised either solo or in groups. Karate kata are executed as a specified series of a variety of moves, with stepping and turning, while attempting to maintain perfect form. The kata is not intended as a literal depiction of a mock fight, but as a display of transition and flow from one posture and movement to another, teaching the student proper form and position, and encouraging them to visualise different scenarios for the use of each motion and technique. Karateka "read" a kata in order to explain the imagined events, a practice known as bunkai. There are various kata, each with many minor variations.


Kumite is the part of karate in which a person trains against an adversary, using the techniques learned from the kihon and kata.

Kumite can be used to develop a particular technique or a skill (e.g. effectively judging and adjusting one's distance from one's opponent) or it can be done in competition.

Different styles of Kumite include Gohon kumite (five-step sparring), Sanbon kumite (three-step sparring), Ippon kumite (one step sparring), Jiyu ippon kumite (one step semi-free sparring) and Jiyu kumite (free sparring).

What will I need to train?



The Karate Gi is the traditional uniform used for Karate practise and competition - To begin with, there is no need for a karate suit (Gi.) Jogging bottoms and a T-shirt are fine. A plain white Gi is necessary for competitions and gradings, and is the most appropriate attire for regular training. The club can provide a Gi at a competitive price.

Karate Suit (Gi)

Karate Belt (Obi)


The Karate Obi is worn to represent your current grade - As a beginner, you will wear a white belt (this usually comes with a student level Gi) and, through training, will have the opportunity to grade to the next level belt colour. Coloured belts have 'Kyu' levels .

The order of coloured belts are:

7th Kyu
11th Kyu
 White/Orange stripe Belt  
  Yellow Belt  
10th Kyu
6th Kyu
  Orange and white belt
  Green Belt  
3rd Kyu
  Brown Belt  
9th Kyu
  Orange Belt  
8th Kyu
  Red Belt  
5th Kyu
 Blue Belt  
2nd Kyu
  Brown +  Stripe Belt  
4th Kyu
  Purple Belt  
1st Kyu
  Brown + 2 Stripe Belt  

The three levels of brown belt are considered senior grades and once you have achieved your 1st Kyu grading, you will be required to train for at least a further 6 months before you will have the opportunity to grade for your 1st Dan black belt. From there you can train towards 2nd Dan, 3rd Dan etc.

Shotokan Connect Licence

Shiseikan is proud to be a member of the Shotokan Connect - If you wish to continue training you will need to order a Shotokan Connect licence as this will give you insurance cover and will be the place to record your gradings as you progress. Annual membership costs from £25 but will give you access to Shotokan Connect clubs across the UK.. You will not need a licence for your free trial lesson.

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